Principles of Programming Languages


Call for Papers

POPL 2006
January 11-13, 2006

Charleston Place Hotel

Charleston, South Carolina


[POPL 2006 submissions are now passed due.]


Important dates

Submission deadline  23:00  18 July, 2005 Apia, Samoan time
Author review period

23:00 12 Sept to

23:00 14 Sept, 2005, Apia, Samoan time

Author notification          
26 Sept, 2005
Final paper due 
To be announced
January 11-13, 2006


The annual Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages is a forum for the discussion of fundamental principles and important innovations in the design, definition, analysis, transformation, implementation and verification of programming languages, programming systems, and programming abstractions. Both experimental and theoretical papers on principles and innovations are welcome, ranging from formal frameworks to reports on practical experiences.

Submissions on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly ones that identify new research directions. POPL 2006 is not limited to topics discussed in previous symposia. Authors concerned about the appropriateness of a topic may communicate by electronic mail with the program chair prior to submission.

Submission guidelines

Due date & time: Submissions must be filed at the web site by 23:00 Monday 18 July, Apia, Samoa time. Some equivalents to this time are

For other time-zones/locations, see the worldclock.

Submission URL:

Authors should submit a 100-200 word abstract and a full paper by 23:00 Apia, Samoa Time on Monday, 18 July, 2005. Submissions should be no more than 12 pages (including bibliography) in standard ACM SIGPLAN conference format: two columns, nine-point font on a ten-point baseline, with pages 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc (9in) tall, with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). Detailed formatting guidelines are available at, along with formatting templates or style files for LaTeX. You don't need to include categories, keywords, etc., though you are welcome to do so. Also, note that the ACM copyright notice is not required of submissions, only of accepted papers.

Authors wishing to supply additional material to the reviewers beyond the 12-page limit can do so in clearly marked appendices, on the understanding that reviewers are not required to read the appendices. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered. The submission deadline and length limitations are firm.

Submissions will be carried out electronically via the Web, at the URL given above. Papers must be submitted in either PDF format  or as PostScript documents that are interpretable by Ghostscript.  They must be printable on US Letter sized paper. Individuals for which this requirement is a hardship should contact the program chair at least one week before the deadline.

Submitted papers must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy.  Each paper should explain its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and comparing it with previous work. Authors should strive to make the technical content of their papers understandable to a broad audience.

Authors will be given a 2-day period (23:00 12 Sept. to 23:00 14 Sept. 2005 Samoa time) to read and respond to the reviews for their papers before the PC meeting.   Authors of submitted papers will receive more details from the submission site.

Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign the ACM copyright form. Proceedings will be published by ACM Press.

Student Attendees

Students who have a paper accepted for the conference are offered student membership of SIGPLAN free for one year. As members of SIGPLAN they may apply for travel fellowships from the PAC fund.

Conference Chair

Greg Morrisett
Harvard University
33 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
greg at eecs dot harvard dot edu

Program Chair

Simon Peyton Jones
Microsoft Research Ltd,
7 JJ Thomson Ave,
Cambridge CB3 0FB, UK

Program Committee

Giuseppe Castagna, CNRS, LIENS, ENS Paris
Manuel Chakravarty, University of New South Wales
Karl Crary, Carnegie Mellon University
Sophia Drossopoulou, Imperial College London
Paul Feautrier, ENS Lyon
Carl A Gunter, University of Illinois
Rajiv Gupta, University of Arizona
Fritz Henglein, DIKU, University of Copenhagen
Trevor Jim, AT&T
Shriram Krishnamurthi, Brown University
Gary T Leavens, Iowa State
Robert O'Callahan, Novell
Peter O'Hearn, Queen Mary, University of London
Andreas Podelski, Max Planck Institute, Saarbrücken
Andrei Sabelfeld, Chalmers University
Kostis Sagonas, Uppsala University
Davide Sangiorgi, University of Bologna
Philip Wadler, University of Edinburgh
Stephanie Weirich, University of Pennsylvania
Hongwei Xi, Boston University